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reid to do this, put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle class families don't go up, that unemployment insurance is still available for two million people, and that lays the groundwork then for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps that we can take in the new year. but let's not miss this deadline. that's bare minimum that we should be able to get done. >> reporter: the president is pushing very hard, jeff, for that extension of unemployment benefits for americans who have been jobless for six months or more. they start losing that federal aid starting tomorrow morning. and it appears the president will get his way on that. the key sticking point now is at what level do higher income taxes apply? what income threshold. the president sat 250,000 per household. that was his campaign reelection promise. he's willing to go up a little bit higher. republicans are seeking something closer to $500,000. that's still to be negotiated in the next 24 hours. as i indicated earlier, it's vital to whether or not there is or is not going to be a deal. >> glor: m
's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're gonna do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done. but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time, between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up- or-down vote. >> reporter: that bare bones bill would preserve tax cuts for the middle class and extend unemployment benefits. it would also lay a foundation for a broader deal to come. danielle nottin
is spiking-- gun sales. chip reid has a look. >> at gun shows across the nation this past weekend, people stood in line hoping to get eheir hands on an a.r.-15, the military style rifle used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. there's been a run on a.r.-15s at gun stores, too. rick friedman owns r.t.s.p. in randolph, new jersey. >> i normally sell about 15 or 20 a month. i've sold 30 in the last three days. >> reporter: the reason he says is clear. >> because people want to make sure they can own them legally hefore they have that "right" ntken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting atic president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, the world's largest firearm supplier, said it morently sold more than three- and-a-half years worth of a.r.- ag magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surgi
: sell cratic leader harry reid said the gulf over taxes was still too wide. and he signaled the white house might be tying his hands. >> i've had a number of conversations with the president. and this stage we're not able to make the counteroffer. >> reporter: so senator mcconnell called the vice president who he served with in the senate for 24 years. the two men spoke several times on sunday. >> i want em to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: democrats want to let the bush era tax cuts expire for household income over $250,000 a year. republican was rather set the cuttoff at around half a million dollars or keep the tax cuts in place for everyone. in an interview on nbc's meet the press president obama said the endless wrangling was not the democrat's fault. >> we have been talking to the republicans ever since the election was over. they have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers. >> at midday democrats suddenly declared that one element of the republican offer was a deal breaker. a proposal to change the way social security
in hawaii. to beat the january 1st deadline senate majority leader harry reid is said to be crafting his own fiscal package. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, extend long-term unemployment, short-term spending cuts, and make a scheduled drop in medicare reimbursement to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor had the same kind of military rifle used in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he killed two of them before taking his own life. police found his note and three guns, including a bushmaster rifle
, and chip reid is in washington. >> president obama will be arriving in washington tomorrow and both houses of congress will be back in session tomorrow. that will give them just five days to put together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include short-term spending cuts instead of the massive cuts that would occur if there is no deal. it would also patch up the alternative minimum tax that will hit even more middle class families and schedule a
" deadline less than a week from now. senate majority leader harry reid was reportedly at the capital on christmas working on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all about the wealthiest americans. his plan would include short term spending cuts instead of long-term deals that had been sought. >>> from hawaii. comes word that president obama will cut short vacation and return to washington later today to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. christmas day the president and first lady met with servicemembers and their families. the president told the marines he was grateful for their service and posed pour pictures. >>> recent college graduates are having a tough time getting jobs in their desired lines of work. according to the latest u.s. census figures about 2 60,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in food service and retail. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figured i have to start at the bottom. >> without higher paying jobs, it's that much harder for graduates to pay back student loans weapon tuition rising across the n
pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the only way a bill could make its way through the procedure hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to slow the progress. the house will be back here sunday night giving them just more than 24 hours to vote on any bill the senate works out. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everybody's kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers crossed perspective right now. >> reporter: since 1930, this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> today's meeting will be the first time president obama and all four leaders of the house and senate have met in person since no
. the next move will likely fall on democratic senate leader harry reid who is crafting a package on his own. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 a year including the short-term spending cuts. >>> and it is a scary statistic for the recent college graduates. the number of young californians with the degrees working in restaurants or the retail, they have nearly doubled over the last five years. cbs 5 reporter tells us that these are the same people who have expensive college loans to pay off. >> reporter: when you're shopping this holiday season, or eating out, take a look around. you might notice a lot more people under 30 working those jobs. according to the census bureau, there are about 260,000 young adults with college degrees in california, taking work and food service in retail because they can't get anything else. >> it's pretty sad now, yeah. >> reporter: graduating with a computer science degree. >> i graduated with my bachelor's in 2009 and my first job was actually at a retail store at the mall. at first it was kind of embarrassing. >> i
the same gun as the school shooter in newtown. chip reid reports there's now a run on assault weapons. >> i normally sell about 15 or 20 a month. i sold about 30 in three days. >> axelrod: nancy cordes says democrats will try to solve the crisis on their own. and remembering charles durning. >> i'm not too good with words, wyway. >> axelrod: a character actor like no other. >> ♪ i cannot tell a lie... captioning sponsored by cbs
will likely fall on democratic senate leader harry reid. >>> it's a scary statistic for recent college graduates. the number of young californians with degrees working in restaurants or retail has nearly doubled over the last five years. grace lee tells us these are the same people who have expensive college loans to pay off. >> reporter: when you're shopping this holiday season or eating out, take a look around. you might notice a lot more people under 30 working those jobs. according to the census bureau there are about 260,000 young adults with college degrees in california taking work in food service and retail because they can't get anything else. >> pretty sad now. >> reporter: roary graduated with a computer science degree. >> i graduated with my bachelors in 2009 and my first job was at a retail store. at first it was kind of embarrassing. >> i couldn't get a job in the field i wanted to. i figured i have to go to law school to get where i wanted to be. >> reporter: even with a higher degree it is still tough. bill song is still. >> college and he's worried about his future bec
of the cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, reid, said there will not be a deal tonight. >> this is still distance between the two sides. negotiations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal before midnight on monday, taxes will go up for almost every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i want to get it done but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: republicans introduced but with drew the proposal. senators say there is movement as both sides try to compromise about which americans should start paying a higher tax rate. >> this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. >> in an unusual move, republicans called on the nation's number 2 democrat, vice president joe biden to help with the negotiation. >> >> they say the biggest thing is taking care of the deficit. the way they are behaving the only priority is tax rates for wealthiest americans are protected. >> >> reporter: if the deal is not reached they want the senate to introduce legislati
in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year deadline. in addition to the "fiscal cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the u.s. is close to hitting its debt limit of $16.4 trillion. geithner saved the government will take steps to allow more burrough after december 31. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> let's look now at the markets. stocks fell sharply by 55 and change. the drop is attributed to consumer confidence falling to the lowest level since august. >>> the storm that moved across the country pushing nort
every american. tonight it appears democrat senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a comp mice to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class. the president was in hawaii for the funeral of senator daniel minoli. >>> one of the president's last acts before leaving washington caught some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going to be able to see them, not for my wife's birthday or my daughter for christmas. >> reporter: the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last-minute decision on friday, the president declared christmas eve a federal hold. federal workers had complained that he should show some holiday cheer sinc
reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's no. 1 goal is to get elected speaker on january 3. >> reporter: the two sides are at odds over tax cuts and spending. republicans say it's up to the democratically controlled senate and white house to reach an agreement. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: members of the house were told to come back to washington sunday evening. they would have a little more than 24 hours to vote on a measure to avoid the fiscal cliff. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> teetering on the fiscal cliff is given wall street a case of vertigo. the markets plummeted early, but the dow regained most of its 150-point lost. >>> a former bay area city councilman is about to learn first hand how washington works or doesn't. he's a newly elected congressman and heading into the capitol hill quagmire. juliette goodrich talked to stal
talking directly with joe biden. >> it seems like the president is handcuffing harry reid from bringing a bill to the floor now. the president is i believe slowing down the process, not helping. >> reporter: experts warn if a deal is not reached, the nation could slide back into recession. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> again, if a deal is not reached tonight, there is one thing you need to be prepared for. for many of us, our paychecks will go down in the new year. here's why. the payroll taxes cut by 2 percentage points over the last two years to give the economy a little nudge. but experts say that tax holiday is coming to an end and the small tax break adds up over the course of a year. the center on budget and policy priority says it is about $100 billion that will come out of our paychecks to go to the government. goldman sachs says that ending the tax hol day would shave .6 percentage points off economic growth next year, which is not predicted to be strong. so let me tell you what the impact would be for you. if you make $50,000 a year that works out about $20 a
norv turner, andy reid, lovie smith and shurmur looking for new jobs tonight. >>> elsewhere in maryland people will have the right to marry whoever they choose. gay and lesbian couples began getting their licenses earlier this month. maryland voters gave same-sex marriage -- same sex couples their blessing this summer. >>> erica grow will have a look at your full forecast. >>> and also aheading, setting new year's resolutions that you can actually reach in 2013. >>> a crook in washington state messed with the wrong man. make that the wrong marine. corporal alex potley returned from a shopping trip to discover the front door of his parents' home kicked in. he caught a burglar red handed with jewelry and hunting gear. the marine just finished a tour in afghanistan. he says when he was standing there with the burglar, his military training kicked in. >> when i took him to the ground i just -- it kind of kicked in to put him in a headlock and a choke and then i -- i put my knee on his head. everything kicked in. >> he sat on top of the man until police arrived five minutes later. the suspec
cliff. he and harry reid are working on a scale down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the senate for a vote on sunday and then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was at the capitol but left with no comment. the democrats insist the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for l days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the over 357 days of the year. sdmrsz -- >> president omaba insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just afford a wound to our economy. >> if sunday's negotiations don't pan out the president says he's red to -- he's ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> with the deficit ticking higher -- >> it's disgusting. >> miss ing in all the last minute negotiations is talk of the 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tuesday. >> the fiscal cliff count down is the big topic on this morning
and harry reid are working on scaled-down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle-class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the full senate for a vote on sunday and send it to the house and hoax john boehner was at the capitol and left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrat's insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hook would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what is the president -- what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year. >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if sunday's negotiations don't pan out, the president said he's ready to propose his own scaled-back bill that would block tax increases for all but the wealthy. and preserve expiring unemployment benefits. with the deficit ticking ever higher, patience is wearing thin. >> for those of us who invest in the stock market, it's disgusting to
. america's largest gun rights group says we don't need new laws. chip reid is in washington with that story. chip, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. the national rifle association was silent in the days following the tragedy in newtown. now it's speaking out and reigniteing an explosive debate over gun control. the nra says it will not budge from its longtime opposition to gun control, insisting the only thing that will stop school shootings is armed guards. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> reporter: nra president david kean added that banning particular guns simply doesn't work. >> we had a so-called assault weapons ban for ten years. it was allowed to expire. the fbi, the justice department and others who studied it said it made no difference. so if we're looking at things that are effective, let's talk abo
and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. now it appears democratic senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a compromise to avoid tax hikes on at least the middle class which was the president's parting plea. meanwhile here in california leaders are concerned about what could happen if the tax hikes and budget cuts kick in. >> this would undo a lot of the good of the extra taxes californians are willing to invest in the schools. particularly special needs students would be cut by 10% and the meals program that so many of the californias are growing up in poverty and they need that meal. >> some county and city officials are concerned about the potential impact on health and welfare programs. >>> the dreaded fiscal cliff can potentially affect a wide range of health programs. >> cbs news' wyatt andrews explains. >> reporter: professor mallen like hundreds of medical researchers has already fallen off the fiscal cliff. her budget which relies on federal grants is being cut by 10% now. as the nih, the national institutes of health, prepares for the possibility of
cliff. this morning its appears democratic senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a compromise to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class which was the president's parting plea before going to hawaii. both reid and the president were in hawaii this weekend for the funeral of senator daniel inouye. >>> as the leaders try to come to some sort of agreement on capitol hill. local leaders are preparing the lose billions in dollarss. cbs 5 political insider phil matier now reports. >> reporter: the smiling san francisco mayor ed lee was one of the first officials show toe up at the an -- to show up at the annual lefty o'doul's toy drive. but they aren't going to get christmas cheer out of washington this year. not with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of the $7.5 billion cut in nonentitled services. >> that fiscal cliff will hurt the city to the tune of almost $100 million right away. >> reporter: most of the cuts could be in health care, welfare programs for the poor, aids programs and housing. >> that's just an immediate hit. >> reporter: across the bay,
? >> reporter: well, the president says if senators reid and mcconnell can't bring him an agreement, that he is going to ask senator reid to bring up his own plan it extend the bush- era tax cuts for the middle class and also to save the unemployment benefits. he is going to bring it up for an up-or-down vote. he says if republicans don't want it they should say no, but the public should know. >> we'll have to see what happens. danielle nottingham live in washington, thank you. >>> and remember, you can keep track of the fiscal talks anytime by logging on to our website, cbssf.com. >>> what do they say, work expands to fill the available time? hopefully they can get it done because it's new year's eve. we have things to do tonight, don't we? >> yeah >> you'll be sleeping. >> like go to sleep and take some medicine. >> what are we going to be doing? >> homing that i don't hear all those -- hoping that i don't hear all those fireworks tonight. it should be a in this new year's eve although we are starting out very cold this morning. out the door, frost showing up in the valleys. still a coupl
obama meets at the white house with senate majority leader harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. they have only four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> people a
now it appears though democratic senate leader harry reid may take the lead to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class this was the president's party plea. >> and as the leaders try to come to some sort of agreement, local leaders say they're preparing to lose billions in services is. cbs 5's political insider now phil matier shows us how it will happen. >> reporter: ed lee was one of the first officials to show up at the annual lefty o'doul's toy drive. but not a lot of christmas cheer out of washington this yore, not with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of a $7.5 billion in nonentitled services is. >> that fiscal cliff will hurt the city to the tune of almost $80 million right away. >> reporter: most of the cuts would be in health care, aids programs and housing. >> that's just an immediate hit. >> reporter: across the bay alameda county supervisor predicted -- >> our health clinics will get hut. our w. i. c. program which is a program for mothers they get nutrition for their newborn babies and we have several sites in alameda county that would also experience a
." the pressure is increasing in washington. senate majority leader harry reid was reportedly on capitol hill at christmas working on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all but the wealthiest americans. his plan would also include short-term spending cuts instead of long-term deals that have been sought. president obama will cut short his hawaiian vacation around return to washington today to take part in those negotiations. christmas day the president and first lady met with servicemembers and families. the president told marines he was grateful for their service and posed for pictures. >>> more bay area headlines. one of santa's helpers put in a little overtime on christmas but instead of a sleigh and reindeer, san jose postal worker nancy ray used this a mail truck. ray is carrying on a decades old tradition of delivering packages to people on christmas. this is the third year ray has put her sant suit. she started working in the san jose post office 20 years ago and said this is a job she always wanted. >> some books, two things of presents. >> a relatively new christmas tradition
leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: house members will return to capitol hill on sunday and could begin voting that night. they would have about 24 hours to approve a deal. adding to the urgency, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the nation's debt limit will be reached
reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the only way a bill could make its way through the procedure hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to slow the progress. the house will be back here sunday night giving them just more than 24 hours to vote on any bill the senate works out. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everybody's kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers crossed perspective right now. >> reporter: since 1930, this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> it is nearly 4:40 now. secretary of state hillary clinton plans to return to work next week after a three-week absence from the hill. she has been recovering from that conc
'donnell: senator coburn, on the issue of increased revenue, downing boehner is part problem? senator reid said he's running a dictatorship? >> i don't think so at all. the frustration in the house-- and i'm not known as a no non-conservative-- they passed a lot of things there has not been action on in the senate, and that's the majority leader's prerogative. but if you take it and bend it to the will of the senate and send it back, that's how you get compromise. to not move dismingz not ever establish the process-- i think speaker boehner has done a good job in the members he has. i think they maid mistake in not supporting plan b. we would have modified it and sent it back and then they would have had it make a decision on it. the basic fact is the government is twice the size it was 11 years ago. and nobody in washington is doing anything to fix the growth of government to where we have one that we can afford. un, we're going to have to grow at 8%, 9%, if we think we can outgrow it. that isn't going to happen. we have to do the things we have to modernize medicare. we have to achieve real save
cliff" and it turns out not every lawmaker left for the holiday. senate majority leader harry reid had worked on christmas at the capital on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all but the wealthiest americans. his plan would also include short term spending cuts instead of long term deals that had been sought. >>> president obama will cut his hawaiian vacation short today and return to washington to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace this year. the weakest in four years. mastercard advisors spending pulse reports that sales in the two months before christmas increased .7% over last year. a lot of analysts expected sales to be up 3 or 4%. but wait, there is more. when i worked in retail when i was in college, christmas was busy enough. but the day after christmas? it was unbelievable! cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san leandro where after- christmas shopping has already started. >> reporter: yes, brian. it started at 5:00 this morning at the bay fair center in san leandro. according to a consumer reports poll about 1 in 7 adults wi
reached at least not yet. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion. >> reporter: the senate is in session today and is expected to return on sunday along with the house. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> reporter: but time is clearly running out for congress. st. mary's college political professor steven wol fert says the senate needs to introduce something today or they will likely not make the deadline. >> the deadline is so short and the amount of time necessary to go through the procedural steps to approve legislation are so numerous that they are right up against the very limit of the minimum amount of time necessary to pass it. >> reporter: the professor points out that neither side can risk giving in for fear of losing in the next election. ee -- each side is waitin
, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: house members will return to capitol hill on sunday and could begin voting that night. they would have about 24 hours to approve a deal. adding to the urgency, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the nation's
that if there is no agreement today, he will ask senate majority leader harry reid to bring to a vote his plan and that plan is to save those bush-era tax cuts for the middle class and also to save those unemployment benefits. he says he wants a straight "up" or "down" vote and if there are republicans who do not want this plan, they can vote no but he says the pickup has a right to know who is holding up tax breaks for the middle class. >> getting interesting. the market was down all five days last week although it was off christmas and lord knows it will go down if they don't get this thing figured out. danielle nottingham live in d.c., thank you. >>> and remember, you can keep tabs on the "fiscal cliff" talks 24/7 by logging on to our cbs5.com website. >>> a new health problem for secretary of state hillary clinton. she has a blood clot. she is in the hospital in new york this morning. the clot was discovered yesterday in a follow-up exam following the concussion she had this month. her spokesman says the clot is related to the concussion but is not saying exactly where that clot is located. she is being
in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short term spending cuts until a bigger dooley can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything. >> reporter: while senators try to brave the bad weather that has hit many parts of the country, in order to make it back here to washington, house leaders say they will not leave home unless the senate passes its bill first. >> good morning? >> reporter: house republicans scuttled the proposal from speaker john boehner last week and 48% of americans say they are to blame if no deal is reached. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> reporter: republican pollster frank lund says americans are fed up with gridlock in washington. >> there is no compromise and i think that's going to grow as a concern among the public into 2013. >> reporter: even starbucks is urging both sides to compromise. its employees are writing "come together" on coffee cups in d.c. t
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